There’s still time to see a performance of The Christmas Express.
But better hurry to the Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg – there are only three performances remaining.
As of Monday afternoon, tickets were still available for all three shows, including a matinee on Wednesday. There’ll be evening performances on both Thursday and Friday.
Note that tickets for The Christmas Express are only available by contacting the Upper Canada Playhouse box office (613-543-3713).
The show is considered great for all ages, a fabulous concert of Christmas music performed by singers, dancers and musicians.
It’s set in the small town of Holly, which has little to celebrate this holiday season – the Christmas Express hasn’t passed through the train station there in years.
Hilda the station manager has lost hope that it will ever return, and expecting the arrival of an official to close it down, instead they are visited by a mysterious man named Leo, who fills the town with holiday cheer.
Meanwhile, tickets to an upcoming show at the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage in Morrisburg might be a very good stocking stuffer, and a very good show comes up early in the new year.
Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls will perform Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., and it stars someone who CBC Music describes as the “most-buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto.’’
It was in the spring of 2017 when Charles released her debut full-length album Soul Run internationally, and her music has been featured on numerous television shows including Rookie Blue, which was broadcast on the Global Television Network in Canada and ABC in the U.S.
Tickets for the show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available online (st-lawrencestage.com) or in person at several locations including Rurban Brewing in Cornwall.
Municipal grant applications
South Dundas has announced that intake for the 2019 Municipal Grants and Dollar for Dollar Funding Programs is now open.
The municipality each year recognizes various organizations that benefit residents by offering an opportunity to request financial and in-kind grants and donations, and application forms must be turned in by Jan. 11.
During the budget process, council will determine the amount of funding that will be available for all municipal grants, with categories including community organization grants and donations, special events, community events, and in-kind contributions.
“Council looks forward to working with the many groups that provide valued volunteer contributions to our community,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds.
Volunteer and non-profit groups can also apply for capital grant funding through the Dollar for Dollars Capital Funding Program that covers up to 50 per cent for a community improvement project, up to a maximum of $25,000.
“It’s very important that groups and organizations read the grant policies and criteria available on the municipal website to make sure they are eligible for these programs,” said Sarah McMillan, the deputy treasurer.
The municipality says it typically receives more requests for funding than can feasibly be accepted. It says applications are reviewed, and decisions are made in a fair process designed to distribute funds across the municipality and provide modest levels of support.
Note the deadline for application forms on Jan. 11 is 4:30 p.m., and that applications received after that date will not be considered.